National Newswatch

A Dubious Demonstration Spurs Debate Over Canada’s China Policy

Feb 13 2020 — — Something didn’t add up about the oddball group of youngsters gathered at a Vancouver courthouse calling for the release of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer, at her hearings to fight extradition to the U.S. They refused to identify themselves. Their placards were identical, down to the handwriting and grammatical errors.

Huawei Poised to Get Go-Ahead for U.K.’s 5G Networks Tuesday

Jan 27 2020 — — Boris Johnson is preparing to defy President Trump’s demand to ban Huawei Technologies Co. from the U.K.’s fifth-generation telecommunications networks, in a decision that risks an angry backlash from within his own ruling Conservative Party. The prime minister’s team will make the decision on Tuesday after a meeting of the National Security Council, Digital Minister […]

JetBlue Moves to Become First Carbon-Neutral U.S. Airline

Jan 7 2020 — — JetBlue Airways Corp. said it will become the first large U.S. airline to offset emissions from all of its domestic flights, aiming to become carbon neutral by July as pressure grows on the industry from climate change activists. The carrier also will begin using sustainable aviation fuel on its flights from San Francisco International Airport, […]

Macron rebukes Trump to his face on live television at NATO summit

Dec 3 2019 — — Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron sparred in front of reporters over Turkey’s future in NATO and other differences, hours after the U.S. president assailed his French counterpart for “very nasty” comments about the military alliance that’s celebrating its 70th anniversary in London. The exchange was a vivid display of the sour turn in the relationship […]

Trudeau Notches a Big Win With Negotiated End to CN Rail Strike

Nov 26 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — Justin Trudeau scored a major political victory with the negotiated end to a damaging Canadian rail strike that will only cement his government’s growing ties with organized labor. The prime minister’s reluctance to force an end to the strike of about 3,200 conductors and railyard operators at Canadian National Railway Co. won him accolades from […]

Pelosi, White House Fail to Seal USMCA Deal in Crucial Meeting

Nov 21 2019 — — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made progress on but failed to seal a deal Thursday on the stalled U.S. Mexico Canada free trade agreement, increasing the likelihood the deal won’t get a vote in Congress this year. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, the top negotiator on the pact, said […]

Wooing Back Big Business Is Job One for Trudeau’s Finance Chief

Nov 21 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — In the corridors of corporate Canada, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tends to inspire equal measures of grievance and hope. To some, the former Bay Street executive hasn’t sufficiently defended the interests of business at a cabinet table that may be the most left-leaning and activist in a generation under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. To others, […]

‘Canada’ Is Becoming a Dirty Word in the Oil Patch

Oct 31 2019 — — Canada’s beleaguered energy sector suffered another morale blow as Encana Corp. — one of its marquee companies that was born out of the 19th-century railway boom — announced plans to move its headquarters to the U.S. and drop the link to Canada from its name. The Calgary-based company said Thursday that it will establish a […]

China wants more talks before signing Trump’s ‘phase one’ deal

Oct 14 2019 — — China wants further talks as soon as the end of October to hammer out the details of the “phase one” trade deal touted by US President Donald Trump before Chinese President Xi Jinping agrees to sign it, according to people familiar with the matter. Beijing may send a delegation led by Vice-Premier Liu He, China’s […]

Turkish Troops Begin Crossing Into Syria After U.S. Stands Aside

Oct 9 2019 — — Turkish troops have begun crossing into northeastern Syria to force back Kurdish militants controlling the border area, a Turkish official told Bloomberg, days after Donald Trump said the U.S. wouldn’t stand in the way. A small forward group of Turkish forces entered Syria early Wednesday at two points along the frontier, close to the Syrian […]

Trump Pushed Ukraine to Work With Giuliani, Barr on Biden

Sep 25 2019 — — President Donald Trump asked the president of Ukraine to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and the U.S. attorney general, William Barr, to “look into” his political rival, Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of a call between the two leaders released Wednesday, Bloomberg News reports.

How Justin Trudeau imperiled his own re-election

Aug 20 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — A scandal that threatens to derail Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bid for re-election returned to the headlines at a particularly sensitive time. Following a months-long investigation, Canada’s ethics watchdog found that Trudeau had inappropriately interfered in a judicial matter, a conclusion that reignited criticism of his dominant Liberal Party as overly cozy with big business. […]